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    The Declaration of Independence

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    What was radical and new in the Declaration of INdependence and what was old and traditional? What did statments like, "all men are created equal" mean in their historical context and what did they come to mean later?

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    The ideas embeded in the Declaration were of old & traditional values & Lockean ideals (John Locke - the original founder of what we think of as democracy). However, that was as far the old & traditional aspects of the Declaration went.

    The genuius of Thomas Jefferson's Declaration is that it encompasses all of the ideals & values that were in everyone at the time - but it beautifully & eloquently puts them into words. Simple things like ...